Trent Franks Rushes to Support of Bill for Nationwide Ban on Gay Marriage

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Republican Congressman Trent Franks
In case you haven't heard about the bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage nationwide, don't worry, Republican Congressman Trent Franks is already on it.

Franks, as well as Republican Congressman David Schweikert, are among the 28 Republican congressmen seeking to change the Constitution to declare, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

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Of course, Franks -- fresh off creating a nationwide ruckus for declaring that there aren't that many pregnancies that result from rape -- is no fan of letting gays get married.

Obviously, there will be no such thing as "America" if gay marriage continues to be allowed in this country (according to the strange, strange mind of Trent Franks).

Gay marriage "literally is a threat to the nation's survival," Franks declared in 2011. Somehow, Franks seems to think straight folks will stop procreating because gays can have a legally recognized marriage. If we had to guess, we'd opine that Franks didn't think too hard about that theory.

The proposed amendment, submitted by Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, also states, "Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."

Interestingly, we didn't see a press release from either Franks or Schweikert, explaining why gays don't deserve marriage.

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Congressman David Schweikert


The only thing we've heard out of Franks is a tirade on Facebook, in which he freaks out over the Supreme Court's recent decisions on gay-marriage cases.

Franks warns that if the Supreme Court keeps doing stuff like this, then "we can board up the Capitol and White House and send the people and their elected representatives home to henceforth live and breathe at the pleasure of a tyrannical judicial oligarchy." It appears the tinfoil hats we assume he wears have been doing a good job deflecting the government brain-control rays.

And, just like all of Franks' failed abortion bills, this proposed amendment is a waste of time too, because it has no chance of being passed.

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Do you all realize, if it were not for Franks and the rest of the Republicants we would have full employment back again, a balanced budget and a lot less people in poverty?  That's what these people are doing with their obstructionist bullshit - stopping our country from fulfilling our dreams - We need to jettison this flotsam ASAP!

Reggievv
Reggievv

These obsessions with reproduction and gays mirror the Catholic bishops obsessions. Must be closet fears about themselves. The vast majority of married heterosexuals don't see these as issues at all. Now if he could just repeal the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments and return voting to landed, gun owning white men, Trent Franks' world and the world of the Tea Party would be complete.

afdhm
afdhm

Trent Franks is scared because he can't make his penis work and worse, he can't procreate a gay child. That's why he's in Austin listening to Rick Perry offering him sexual counseling.

It's all good Trent. That's what Rick is telling him.

marcy
marcy

Trent's biggest fear is that if gay marriage is legalized in Arizona he will no longer be able to resist coming out of the closet.  


logicman
logicman

"we can board up the Capitol and White House and send the people and their elected representatives home"- I'm ok with this

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

So wait... he wants to take rights AWAY from a particular group of people? Doesn't that go against what our consitition is about? Where is this so called freedom that Republicans are all about?

Derek J. Baldwin
Derek J. Baldwin

Hopefully, soon they'll amend the bill to also allow gays to reproduce and have superpowers and everything else they want to do while they're redefining words!

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Wouldn't it be funny if Franks got caught in a gay love tryst?

Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

Yes! And this effort and amendment will produce....how many jobs?

Judy Adams
Judy Adams

He's gerrymandered his district. He's made sure, unlike other members of congress, that only those living in his district, can email him. You are better off calling.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If you could afford to retire to Arizona, you were probably pretty happy and successful during the 50's and early 60's and wish things hadn't changed so much since then. Those are the people he plays to.  They're not really smart enough to know whether his bills have any chance of passing.  They just see that he's out there fighting "for them".


Bob Frank
Bob Frank

You would think this moron would love gay people--no need for them to have an abortion, which is the only issue his limited intellect can handle.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Fuck that guy. Who voted for all these fucking idiots?

Jack L. August Jr.
Jack L. August Jr.

He seems to represent a vary narrow constituency, but maybe Kingman, the river communities, and west Glendale are on board with his rather focused agenda....a somewhat mystifying public figure.

Wayne C. Fox
Wayne C. Fox

makes as much sense as banning Hair Lip people fwum being congwessmen.

Nikki Anam Cara
Nikki Anam Cara

Unless he's marrying a gay person it's really not his business. Asshat.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

I'd give anything on this earth if this douche had kids for one of them to turn out gay.. I bet he'd be suicidal knowing his sperm created one of those horrible horrible gays and the son/daughter he'd raised and loved all his life would then suddenly be less of a person

Kevin Apellidoprivado
Kevin Apellidoprivado

He is a disgusting POS - I met him in person at a town hall meeting in Sun City when I was 18 and he was a demeaning, rude, out of touch asshole. So this doesn't surprise me!

Alexandrea Gunnells
Alexandrea Gunnells

Another reason I'm happy to say I don't live in Glendale anymore! That man is such a joke.

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

Whew. My marriage really felt less special since the Supreme Court made their decision. I'm glad he's on this!

NoMoreArpaio
NoMoreArpaio

WTF....does this idiot ever stop with his bullshit ?

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

of course, why not? because there is no such thing as separation of church and state.

Stephen Grange
Stephen Grange

Thank god we have that whole "Jobs" issue whipped....

Rita Mary
Rita Mary

Can we send republicans to another planet or back in time to the Crusades?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Like I said, never underestimate the power bigotry holds over Arizonans.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

"And, just like all of Franks' failed abortion bills, this proposed amendment is a waste of time too, because it has no chance of being passed."  People on this blogs keep saying that but, unfortunately, I'm concerned that one day they're going to be proven wrong.  At first it was, there's no chance that one of his bills was going to make it out of committee and to the floor.  Then it was, sure it made it to the floor, but there's no chance it will be voted on.  Then it was, sure its going to get a vote but it'll never pass.  And now its, sure it passed the House, but it'll never passed in the Senate.  

Don't dismiss the hype-passionate, single-minded lunatic who has one goal and only one goal in life.  That lunatic will keep chipping away and chipping away and all of a sudden you're going to find that, as crazy as that goal was, while you weren't watching the lunatic filing accomplished it.  How many incremental steps towards success does Franks have to take before people here stop dismissing him as a threat??

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

There's no chance of putting through a Constitutional amendment.   The Equal Rights Amendment was more popular in its day than banning gay marriage is today, and it couldn't pass.

He's just playing to Sun City.


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Great, we can be just like Russia which just did the same thing.  That's something to aspire to!! (for those in doubt - I'm being completely sarcastic)

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

"dont tell us what to do with our guns! but we will tell gays who they cant and cant marry, and tell women what to do with their bodies". oh the hypocrisy from the right..always entertaining

jeanjb
jeanjb

yeah!

"dem faggots don't deserve the right to life,liberty and the persuit of happiness,just die in our wars and pay taxes to support fat hairy closet bears like me!"....trent franks

how can 'merca survive what with freedon to do as you please, ruining it for the the rest of us that want control over you infidels.

(this is sarcasm)

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative My parents are retired in Arizona and think that Franks is a buffoon.  I think that you are over generalizing.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public  I'd much rather have a 5% chance of Frank's nonsense passing than an 80% or more chance of many of the Democratic bills he opposes passing.

None of his bills come close to having a 5% chance of passing.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public "probably" may be too strong.  But there's enough of a tendency in that direction to screw up our politics pretty badly.


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Until one passes and then you'll say, "Damn, I never thought that one of his bills would ever actually pass."  but there it'll be, the law of the land, and you were an accomplice to it.

We've had this discussion here before and don't really need to go through it again.  I understand your position and simply disagree with it and how you arrive at it.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Or you could vote against him and for someoone who is less inclined to try time after time to destroy your freedom and liberty to

- worshp and observe as you chosose to do or choose not to do,

- to make your own fundamental health care decisions,

- love who you wish to love, and

- be free from government intrusion into the most intimate aspects of your life.

Or you can keep voting for Franks and accept that he will continue working, day after day, to impose his religious view on you and restrict your liberty to live your life as you please, but have a gun strapped to your hip.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public The chances are very small.  Each election is a new opportunity to reevaluate the makeup of Congress and decide whether he is still simply posturing with no danger of actual harm.

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